What Toll Do Emotions Take On The Body

Alex Marsh, Staff Writer

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Emotions-we all have them. Some of us are train wrecks and emotionaly unstable while others are completely composed and cool. Have you ever wondered though, how these emotions affect your body? How does stress, anger, and sadness affect your body’s performance?

First off there are two different kinds of stress; eustress and distress. Eustress (positive stress) is when you perceive a stressful situation as an opportunity that will lead to a good outcome, while distress (negative stress) is when you perceive a stressor as a threat that has a poor outcome. While eustress and distress are two very different things they have the same effect and outcome upon the body. Common effects of stress on the body include headaches, muscle tension or pain, chest pain, fatigue, upset stomach, and sleeping problems. If you begin dealing with stress for long periods of time, it can lead to high blood preassure, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

Anger is an intense emotion that we all feel; it can be downright overwelming at times, but also very dangerous. Anger is activated by feeligs of stress, fear, disappointment, and frustration. These will cause a chain reation of chemicals to be released. Just two hours after an angry outburst, your chance of heart attack doubles; some side effects of anger are a decrease in metabolism, and increase in the chance of developing cancerous cells.

Sadness is another common emotion, making your heart feel pained and your eyes watery. Now before I go into this, you need to understand that there is a difference between depression and sadness. Being sad for a few hours or even a few days after something has happened in your life does not warrant the label of depression. There are also different types of depression. However, sadness can affect your perception of temperature and lower your immune system. It can also exhaust you because your brain is more active while you’re sad. 70 different regions of the brain are active, meaning you need more sleep so your brain has more time to rest and repair itself.

While all these emotions are healthy to feel, you need to learn how to cope with them in a healthy manner instead of dwelling on them.

 

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What Toll Do Emotions Take On The Body